Google has pretty much stated that while most existing Android handsets will be able to run Google Android 2.2 Froyo, that the T-Mobile G1 probably won’t get the update. The G1 (also known as the HTC Dream) was the first Android handset to hit the market, way back in the Fall of 2008.
Expecting Google to support hardware that’s ancient by smartphone standards might be a bit much. But here’s the thing — the hacker/developer community has a way of coming through for early adopters who would otherwise be left in the dust. And Android hacker extraordinaire cyanogen says it’s “guaranteed” that he’ll be able to shoehorn Android 2.2 Froyo onto the G1 the same way he did with Android 2.1 — which also isn’t officially available for the handset.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that the unofficial version of Froyo for the HTC Dream will have all the features available on other phones. The Dream has a slower processor and less memory than more recent phones such as the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One, or HTC Evo.
Update: And now the CyanogenMod hacked ROM with Android 2.1 for the HTC Dream and HTC Magic is available for download.